Visiting the Archives

The Old Town Hall - our home since April 2012

There is a warm welcome for everyone in Ceredigion Archives. Whatever your interests and field of study - on family history, local history, school projects, old vehicle registration and many other subjects - come and see what we have to help you.

Staff at the Archives can suggest appropriate lines of research, and guide you in the use of the documents.

Our opening hours are:

Monday-Thursday: 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

Friday: 10am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm

(Closed on Bank and Council Holidays. If you are coming from a distance contact us first to confirm that we will be open.)

New Search Room Guidelines – Covid-19

Making an Appointment

We are still operating an appointments system; please contact us in advance to book a slot. Walk-in visits will be accommodated subject to capacity.

Ordering Documents

Documents can be ordered by browsing the online catalogue and then contacting Ceredigion Archives with your choice of documents in order for staff to check availability. Or if you are unsure which documents you need please contact us so that a member of staff can assist you, or just ask when you arrive.

Confirmation of Appointment

We will confirm the time and date of your appointment, usually by email. As spaces are limited if you wish to bring someone with you, you should book an appointment for them also.

NB. If you do not feel well on the day you have been given an appointment or are unable to attend please contact us to reschedule or postpone the appointment.

During your visit

When you enter the Record Office you will be asked to:

• Sanitize your hands before you enter the search room
• (optional but desirable) wear a face covering

Whilst in the search room to ensure your safety and others we ask that you:

• Respect the personal space of other users and the Archives staff.

NB: Our usual document-handling rules still apply - please see below.


There is no need to order documents in advance, but it will speed things up if you do.

If you are having trouble with any aspect of the material you have ordered, e.g. reading a word, please ask a member of staff to assist you.

You are welcome to bring lap-tops, cameras and other devices with you as usual.

Reference books will be available during your visit.

Microfilm and fiche readers will be available. You may request disposable gloves if desired.

The Public Access Computers are available.

NB. Our existing reader's ticket scheme is being replaced by the Archives Card, a single archive reader's ticket which gives you access to a wealth of original material held in archives across the UK. The Archives Card is free of charge and valid for five years. You can start the registration process at home; click here to find out more.


Location map

The Archives are situated in Aberystwyth's old Town Hall, about ten minutes walk from the railway and bus stations. There is free on-street parking in town and on the sea-front, but please remember Aberystwyth can be very busy in the holiday season. There are also several pay-and-display car parks in the town.
(The map above is the Ordnance Survey Map of 1905 - here is a more contemporary view)


The Archives are accessible to people in wheelchairs.

Food and Drink:
Eating and drinking are not allowed in the Searchroom. When lunchtime comes (or a cup of coffee becomes irresistible) go for a short walk to the town centre. Aberystwyth is full of cafes and restaurants. We're sure you'll find somewhere you'll like!

Rules for Readers

In the Searchroom

• No food or drink (including sweets) to be consumed in the Searchroom
• Please turn off your mobile phone ring tone
• No bags on tables in the Searchroom
• Photocopying, scanning and photography at the discretion of the Archivist
• Children and their parents should respect the quiet atmosphere of the search-room

Most of the documents in the archives are unique and some are fragile. Please handle them with great care

• Make sure you have clean hands
• Turn pages carefully (and never lick your fingers to help the process please!)
• Do not lean on documents, and avoid unnecessary handling of documents
• Do not rest your own writing pad on the document
Always use a pencil, never a pen.
• Use a book-rest or book support for bound volumes
• No more than four documents per person at any one time

If you would like help using a document ask a member of staff for assistance.

Local Accommodation

The Tourist Office in Aberystwyth can provide details of local accommodation for those who need to stay overnight.

Bow Street Camp, early 20th century

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